APOSTILLE    AND   LEGALIZATION

What is an Apostille?

It is a public document issued by a signing country of the Hague agreement.

 

Why Apostille?

The signatory countries of the Hague Convention "Apostille" public documents so that other States can recognize the legal effectiveness of that document.

 

What is Apostille?

Any document that is signed by a public official or an official translator.

Which countries signed the Hague agreement?

Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan (03/02/05), Bahamas, Bahrain (12/31/13), Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil (08/16/2016), Brunei-Darusalan, Bulgaria, Burundi (02/13/15), Cape Verde (2/13/10), Chile (08/30/2016), Cyprus, Colombia, Cook Islands, Korea (07/14/07), Costa Rica (12/14/11), Croatia, Denmark (12/29/06), Dominica, Ecuador (04/2/06), El Salvador, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia (05/14/07), Grenada, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India (03/12/08), Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan (07/31/11), Lesotho, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Morocco (08/16/2016), Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (16 / 03/07), Monaco, Mongolia (12/31/09), Montenegro, Namibia, Nicaragua (EV. 05/14/13), Niue Island, Norway, New Zealand, Oman (01/30/12), The Netherlands , Panama, Paraguay (09/01/2014), Peru (09/30/10), Poland (08/14/05), Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic (08/30/09), Slovak Republic , Romania, Russia, Federation of Samoa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Marino, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe (09/13/08), Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname , Swaziland, Tajikistan (10/30/2015), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Urug uay (10/14/12), Uzbekistan (04/15/12), Vanuatú, Venezuela

Are there special procedures to perform Apostilles?

Yes, sometimes it is necessary that the documents to be apostilled contain special stamps and signatures before making the Apostilles.

Eg. Ministry of Education, Secretaries of Education, among others.

 

What do I do if the country to which I am going to direct my documents did not sign the Hague agreement?

  

A legalization process is done.

 

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